The environmental minister unveiled a series of other measures to curb carbon emissions, noting that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord had prompted the Macron administration to take more aggressive action against climate change.
European governments, both national and city, have been enacting or considering cutting fossil-fuel powered cars for several years to fight climate change and to clean up air quality in crowded cities.
This first goal should be relatively easy to attain.
Macron wants France to become carbon neutral and while its reliance on nuclear power for 80 percent of its domestic and industrial energy gives it a head start, it insists that internal combustion engines have got to go. Bloomberg Energy Finance believes that 35% of global new vehicle sales will be electric by 2040 (they updated it to 54% today) and Morgan Stanley's analysts place them at 50% of new auto sales.
"We aim to end the sale of gasoline and diesel cars", Hulot told a news conference as he presented his plan under the hashtag "#1Planet1Plan".
"Improving the internal combustion engine and clean diesel technology will continue to play an important role in reducing Carbon dioxide emissions", it said in a statement to The AP.
While France will ban the sale of these vehicles in 2040, pushing a reliance on electric cars, it's unknown what will happen to existing fossil fuel cars.style="text-align: center;"